In December 2020, the project on “Dismantling End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) for better aluminium recycling” was completed. The study, realised by IRT-M2P in close collaboration with the members of the Automotive & Transport group and some members of the recycling division, investigated the overall recycling process of ELVs and more specifically evaluated the feasibility of dismantling aluminium components from ELVs before shredding.
In short, increasing the dismantling rates of specific components is not an issue of technical feasibility and no new specific equipment would be needed. Rather, it is an issue of economics, information and training. The study confirmed, once again, that the collection rates of ELVs, especially for premium vehicles, should increase. Avoiding the loss of such vehicles and ensuring their treatment in Europe could significantly increase the amount of aluminium recovered each year.
The public summary of the project on dismantling can be accessed at this link.